All shipshape on cruises

Everything cruise ship staff and passengers brought to Dunedin last year was above board.

New Zealand Customs figures released under the Official Information Act show that none of the 14 prohibited items intercepted by Customs at Port Chalmers last year was from cruise ship staff or passengers.

A Customs spokeswoman said the items intercepted at Port Chalmers were from crew members of other vessels.

They included 11 that were considered objectionable material, an unclassified item and two weapons, which were not firearms, she said.

Customs seized offensive weapons such as flick knives, knuckle-dusters and concealed weapons under the Customs and Excise Act 1996 and seized restricted weapons such as firearms, parts of firearms and disabling sprays under the Arms Act 1983, she said.

The Customs website described objectionable material as films, videos, computer games, DVDs, CD-Roms, books, posters, music recordings, magazines, photographs, paintings, T-shirts and computer files that depicted, expressed or otherwise dealt with matters such as sex, horror, crime, cruelty or violence in such a manner that the availability of the publication was likely to be injurious to the public good.

Other prohibited items that can be intercepted include controlled drugs and prescription medicines, drug paraphernalia, copyright and trademark goods and items comprised of endangered species.

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